According to statistics, nearly 2.3 million women in the United States have received treatment for breast cancer. The risk for a woman, who has already suffered breast cancer, is almost 3 times enhanced to suffer a malignancy in the other breast. An annual follow up is a must which can help in early identification of any subsequent cancers.
The researchers found that in the first year after treatment, 80 percent of women had received a screening mammogram. At the fifth year of follow-up, only 63 percent had received a mammogram that year, and only one in three women (33 percent) had received a mammogram each year over the five years.
The study has clearly established that regular mammography for breast cancer survivors have shown a downward trend. The authors say 'Efforts are needed to increase awareness among healthcare providers and breast cancer survivors on the value of follow-up mammography.'
This study has been published in the June 1, 2006 issue of CANCER, a journal of the American Cancer Society.